Maybe she just likes full-body-cavity searches
So, an MIT student goes to an airport to catch a flight, and she’s wearing a “hoodie” with an exposed circuit board, wiring, and lights on it. When asked what it is, she says it’s art, but security hauls her down and she winds up getting charged with having a “hoax device”.
Now, I’ve been against overreaction on the part of paranoid police before – such as the Mooninite/IED” confusion in Boston awhile back – but this one, I have to say I agree with the cops. At least partially.
This girl is smart enough to get into MIT, but dumb enough to walk into an airport wearing something homemade with exposed wiring and lights? Might as well walk in with a sign that says “Shoot me, I’m with al-Qaeda!”
Prosecuting her might be just a little extreme, but consider for a moment that she disrupted the normal business operation of an airport because she was too much of an idiot to not wear this thing. I would say she deserves some fines. Some people, though, are defending her. I say, if we defend this kind of moronic behavior, it will only encourage others to not think. She could have gotten herself shot walking into an airport with that on.
We live in a land today where, for better or for worse, paranoia is confused with security. Airports have become the number one place for that type of attitude. Think before you try to board a plane with something that might be even a little suspicious.